Storybook Christmas is a delightful collection by Windham that continues their theme: Storybook Vacation, Storybook Playtime, Storybook Americana, now Storybook Christmas.
Stay with me to the end and you can find out how you might win a fat quarter bundle of these!
The fabrics again:
|Storybook Christmas by Windham Fabrics|
I'm still in my hexagon phase. After all, Turning 60 means The Joys of Hex! I began by cutting a 5-1/2" x 22" strip from all the red and green fabrics. I had an idea in mind that uses 16 hexagons and I only had to repeat a color once.
|Storybook Christmas Hexagons|
Are you back? Good. Here's what I did:
1. Fold a 5-1/2" x 22" strip in half lengthwise. Place the fold at the bottom and the two raw edges at the top as shown.
2. Place your ruler (mine is a Creative Grids ruler) with the 2-1/2" horizontal line at the top. Now where did I get that number from? HERE IS THE MAGIC; PAY ATTENTION NOW!
My strip is 5-1/2", which means that my hexagons will finish to a 5" height (from flat side to opposing flat side). Half of 5" (finished) is 2-1/2". The bottom line will read 5-1/4", but it's the top line that is important.
3. Slice along the two sides of the ruler as shown.
|5-1/2" strip folded along length|
I was able to get 3 hexagons from each of the 22" strips. Why didn't I choose to cut along the other length? (the 18", remember these are fat quarters). Because I did a little measuring and found that I could only get 2 hexagons from that cut; I got 3 by using the 22" width.
This works for any size. Try it. I always like to experiment with construction paper first when in doubt. Even plain old computer paper will work. Fold the hexagon back and forth diagonally, horizontally, vertically - and when all sides line up no matter how its folded, you've got a perfect hexagon.
Remember, add the 1/2" for seams (1/4" on each side). Fold fabric in half as shown. Find the horizontal number that equals HALF OF THE FINISHED SIZE of the hexagon. Align that with the cut fabric edges. Then cut!
I cut 3" strips from one of the light prints. 3" will finish to 2-1/2", and that's the size triangle I need for this project.
|Cutting triangles from 3" strips|
|Building my table runner with hexagons and triangles|
Notice how the triangles are added. Notice that I built HORIZONTAL rows. There are NO SET IN SEAMS; seams are sewn in diagonals.
|Hexagon Table Runner: 24" x 48"|
Would you like a simple schematic so you can try your hand at this? You can see clearly how the triangles are added to each hexagon in the rows.
Here are 3 files that should give you all you need (plus saving this tutorial!)
|Sewing the horizontal rows|
|Putting it all together|
To be considered eligible to win a fat quarter bundle of Storybook Christmas, leave me a comment below and tell me what you liked about this post. This contest is only open to US residents (Windham is sending out the fabrics and this is their contest!)
The giveaway is over on Friday August 5th at midnight. Take a hop over to the Windham Facebook page to see the other blog posters in this contest. You can enter to win fabrics from them, too!
|Windham's Facebook list of bloggers|
|Softbook panels split in half, getting ready to add framing fabrics|